September 13, 2016

StubHub General Counsel Testifies Before Congress About Ticketing Regulation

Today, StubHub General Counsel, Tod Cohen, testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security on behalf of StubHub and its customers. The subcommittee held a hearing titled “Examining the Better Online Ticket Sales Act of 2016” to study the growth of ticket bot software that circumvents fair access to concert, theater, and sporting event tickets for consumers.

Ticket bots are software programs designed to bypass ticket purchasing limits or skip ahead in a virtual ticket queue. As the world’s largest online ticket marketplace, StubHub offers fans a safe and convenient place to get tickets to the games, concerts, and theater events that they want to see – and an easy way to sell their tickets when they can’t attend.

StubHub believes that a fair, secure and competitive ticket marketplace unequivocally supports fans. We support anti-bots legislation that is substantive and inclusive of the range of issues impacting fans’ access to tickets. We think that fans have the right to decide how – and for how much – tickets will be bought and sold after the initial purchase. We are strongly committed to partnering with industry, public policy and other leaders to achieve this goal.

The hearing also included testimonies from Big 12 Conference commissioner, Bob Bowlsby, Hamilton producer, Jeffrey Seller, and Ticketfly General Counsel, Jeremy Liegl.